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Transforming food systems under climate change: Local to global policy as a catalyst for change

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Feeding and nourishing a growing and changing global population in the face of
rising numbers of chronically hungry people, slow progress on malnutrition,
environmental degradation, systemic inequality, and the dire projections of climate
change, demands a transformation in global food systems. Policy change at multiple
levels is critical for catalysing an inclusive and sustainable transformation in food
systems; global and regional policy are transformative only insofar as they are
translated into ambitious national action with adequate support, including both public
and private investment.
Three areas of policy change show potential to be catalytic: 1) reducing emissions and
increasing resilience, 2) tackling food loss and waste, and 3) shifting diets to promote
nutrition and sustainability. Trade-offs mean a multi-sectoral approach to
policymaking is needed, while inequalities in food systems necessitate transparent,
inclusive processes and results. Gender inequality, in particular, must be addressed.
Transformation demands participation and action from all actors.

Citation

Rawe T, Antonelli M, Chatrchyan A, Clayton T, Fanzo J, Gonsalves J, Matthews A, Nierenberg D, Zurek M. 2019. Transforming food systems under climate change: Local to global policy as a catalyst for change. CCAFS Working Paper no. 271. Wageningen, the Netherlands: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).